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The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs Of India

I first met the black robed long haired ,, dread headed monks Malangs in 2005 the first visit of my life to Ajmer Sharif.. I got fascinated into the world of Sufism as a photographer I wanted to shoot this unusual tapestry of a different world I began by documenting the Rifai Silsila in Mumbai and than met Peersab Fakhru Miya Hujra no 6 in Mumbai 2004 ,he invited me to Ajmer and was my host I am indebted to him and his sons who have continued the tradition of giving me shelter under their the comfort of their roof I may have come as a guest but subsequent visits I am now part of this extended family ,,, When I came to Ajmer I hardly knew anything about Malangs .. I thought they were same little different from body piercing Rifais ,, I shot the Rifais , I shot the transgender or hijras and I shot the beggars as my documentary , In 2011 a friend wanted to become a Malang and he walked with Malangs every year from Delhi to Ajmer Sharif ,, he knew more Malangs than me , but he insisted I…

Documenting The Madariyya Order Of Dam Madar Malangs

My greatest regret is I just recently started shooting videos , and I did not shoot the Malangs on video at Makanpur their greatest event of their Holy Saint Zinda Shah Madar ,, I was in Makanpur UP near Kannauj for the 896 Urus ,,and each year after that I thought I would go back some work commitment stopped me from going.

Shooting the Malangs at Ajmer and shooting the Malangs at Makanpur is very different at Ajmer they are in a small group paying tribute to Kwajah Garib Nawaz ..it is not their home territory ,, Makanpur is the essence and soul of their Madariyya Order .. and the rituals will blow you away , the Dhamal body piercings and many other rituals including the opening of their dreads on the main Urus day  and the huge tumultuous crowds from all over India .. Malangs from W Bengal Malangs from Gulbarga ..and there is no place to stay  at this Holy Site , we used to use the field for our toilet ,,and luckily we had a room we shared with a dozen pilgrim it was frickin chaotic…

The Dread Head Dam Madar Malangs of Ajmer

Peer Sayed Masoom Ali Shah Baba Malang Madari Asqan

The Dam Madar Malangs Of India

Documenting The Dam Madar Malangs Of India

Without A Teacher Your Like A Boat Without Oars In Mid Sea

I Became A Malang To Document The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs

The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs Of India

Documenting The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs of India

The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs

The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs

Just sitting here at Char Yar Masjid and this is a protected graveyard too , where the Malangs hold court , this is the Asthana of Syed Masoomi Baba Aqsan Madari... he meets his disciples his followers and other Islamic and Sufi scholars , they have discussions , sometimes recitation of hymns in praise of Khwajah Garib Nawaz ..
Malangs from all over India come to the Urus Of Khwajah Garib Nawab ..and than they come to pay respects to Masoomi Baba ..
Poor people come for advise spiritual help and whoever comes is fed offered tea ,,,the hospitality of the Malangs is nothing but an extension of the great Hospitality of the Greatest Saint Hazrat Moinuddin Chishty Al Sabri Saint of the Poor and the Homeless.
I taught both Masoomi Baba and Rafiq Baba to take pictures on the DSLR and they were like two kids playing with a new toy ,, and their reasoning is very appropriate they say you shoot all of us we must shoot you too,, I than keep my mouth zipped ,, lol

Dam Madar Malang Liaqat Ali Baba Masoomi

Liaqat Ali Baba respectfully calls me Peer Bhai .. as we are both Murids of Syed Masoomi Baba Aqsan Madari..

Liaqat Ali Baba is the guy who does all the organizing , getting meals arranged and takes care of the visitors that come to meet Syed Masoomi Baba ,, at Makanpur in 2013 he allowed us to stay in his room.. during the 896 Urus of Hazrat Zinda Shah Madar .

We have a great equation , knowing that I am a diabetic he sees that I get special tea without sugar .. if there is rice on the menu he will keep chapaties and vegetables aside for me ,,and he know that Masoomi Baba and Rafiq Baba like me a lot.

There are some wild photographer hating Malangs that Liaqat Ali Baba keeps away from me though he knows I can be more crazy than the crazy malangs ,,,most of the Malangs from rural areas have this notion that people shoot them to make money and I cant change this fucked notion among the Naga Sadhus too.


The Mystical World Of Dam Madar Malangs

Once a year I get to shoot them when I go to Ajmer Sharif for the Urus .After I have settled down at the Feet of Fakhru Miya Hujra No 6 my host connected to the Sufi Chishtiya Order .. taken his blessings I than go to meet Sayed Masoom Ali Baba Aqsan Madari head of the Malang order of Aqsan.. their spiritual seat connected to Hazrat Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur close to Kannauj UP ,.. sadly the Uttar Pradesh government has done nothing for Makanpur one of the major annual pilgrimage of this Holy Saint ,, it is an oasis in a sea of fields . the pilgrims bear the sufferings hardships and come here from all over India ,,
I have been documenting the Dam Madar Malangs since 2005 and got initiated into their Order with my Belgian friend in 2011 by Masoomi Baba himself..and visited Makanpur in 2013 - 896 Urus of Zinda Shah Madar . And I can go on shooting the malangs , its is a heady brew for my soul.. And along with the Malangs I shot the Jalali Rafaees of the Rifai Order too.. I have been doc…

“All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.” » J.R.R. Tolkien

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount,

Mount Mary Church, Bandra

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary, is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Mumbai, India. The church is one of the most visited churches in the city located in the suburb of Bandra. Every September, the feast of St. Mary is celebrated on the Sunday following 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. This is a week long celebration known as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people.

[edit] The Church

The church stands on a hillock about 80 metres above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. It draws lakhs of devotees and pilgrims annually. Many faithful attest to the miraculous powers of St. Mary. During the Bandra Fair, tens of thousands visit the shrine. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to the statue for thanksgiving or requesting of favours.

During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. Many pitch up stalls selling religious articles, roasted gram…

The Healer Our Lady Of Mount Mary Bandra

Glory Of The Mount Mary Church, Bandra

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Basilica located in Bandra, Mumbai. The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated here on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week-long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people.[1][2]

The Basilica[edit]
The basilica stands on a hillock, about 80 metres above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. It draws lakhs of devotees and pilgrims annually. Many of the faithful attest to the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The shrine attracts people from all faiths who pray to Virgin Mary for expressing their gratitude or requesting favours. The church was destroyed in 1738 during a raid by the Marathas.

During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. Many pitch up stalls selling religious articles, roasted grams, snacks and sweets. Wax figures …

For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Jesus Christ

If You Like Shooting Faces Than Go Shoot The Kumbh Mela

Women Emancipation Begs For Attention

The Holy Waters Of The Godavari ,, Kumbh Mela Nasikh

Once Upon A Time At Ramkund ,, Nasikh Kumbh Mela

If you are in a group of friends there is a lot to shoot at Ramkund  below the Press and VVIP enclosure ,,provided you dont get intimidated by the cops ,, who have this habit of treating photographers like swatting flies ,,

I shoot alone , and it is best no constrains no compulsions and being alone has its many advantages ,,you shoot what you have to do , and shoot what you were destined to shoot .

I am in Mumbai but for some reason my soul is lurking between Ramkund and Trimbakeshwar and imagine I shot Kumbh Mela in 2003 and now after 12 years it seems nothing has changed ,,

Even in 2003 I shot the Kumbh alone .. and in 2015 I was as alone as I was in 2003 ..I had a contact in Nasikh but I did not contact him..as I was here for only a few hours ,, but to really shoot Ramkund from one end to the other end you need a lot of time and patience too.

I did not know any Sadhu among the Vaishnav Akharas  at Tapovan ,,,but than the only salvation was everyone I met respected me because of my…